Legitimacy under dual moralities
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This dissertation is about the dynamics that may arise when actors seek to socialize others into their moralities, interpret whether moralities, or selfish motives, motivate actions, or enforce their views of what is legitimate. The first chapter explores the consequences of people disliking being pressured to change their own morality. The second chapter establishes that, and offers insight into why, people with different moralities often consider others’ intentions as selfish. The third chapter shows that people are interested in enforcing solutions adhering to their own moralities, independently of what those affected by their decision find legitimate. A methodological common thread throughout the dissertation is that the chapters create concepts and analytic tools that structure our understanding of legitimacy in dual morality settings, before it reviews empirical material through the lens of developed theories.